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The Berkeley Art Center is celebrating the centennial of abstract painting with an exhibit curated by Peter Selz, one of the founders of the Berkeley Art Museum and an expert in German Expressionism.

On Saturday at 4 p.m., Selz will moderate a panel with several of the artists featured in Abstract Visions, including Gary Edward Blum, Donna Brookman, Bruce Hasson, Kevan Jenson, Naomie Kremer, Keiko Nelson, and Gloria Tanchelev. After the panel, each of the artists will offer brief remarks about their works on view. Marlena Donahue will be a guest speaker.

“Abstract art has evolved from its original and utopian stance in the early 20th century to its present vibrant position,” wrote Selz. “Refuting the digital display of the current moment, abstract paintings are simply pictures, brushed by the hand of the artist, in which emotional intuition is framed by the artist’s rational mind into dynamic metaphors.”

The Berkeley Art Center is located at 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley.

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  1. One thing abstract art in the aggregate is emphatically not is programmatically categorical. Just sayin’.